Covid-19 Regulatory Update: 25 - 31 August 2021

Featured in this week’s edition are issues such as the murder of Babita Deokaran, a key witness in the SIU's investigation into the PPE scandal in Gauteng; a judgment raising the defence of supervening impossibility in a matter relating to a eviction from commercial property for arrear rental; news about the Vinpro court challenge to the liquor ban restrictions; the disclosure of Covid-19 information or vaccination status in the workplace; medical ethics and more debate on mandatory vaccinations.

Contents:

Alcohol

Communications / Broadcasting

Corruption

Employment

Insurance

Ivermectin

Lease

Litigation: Challenge to Government Response

Lockdown Contraventions

Mask Mandate

Medical Ethics

Origins of Covid-19

Social Relief

Unemployment Insurance

Vaccines

ALCOHOL


Ban


Moss, Berenice. Court reserves judgment in the Vinpro alcohol ban battle. - 2021 Aug 26 SABCNews [Extract from article: “The High Court in Cape Town has reserved judgment in the case that wine representative body, Vinpro has brought to contest the approach that government has followed in liquor ban restrictions under the Disaster Management Act.”]


Sales to Unvaccinated Customers


Court cases and vaccine passports raise questions about future alcohol bans in South Africa. - 2021 Aug 26 BusinessTech [Extract from article: “The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has dismissed a proposal that Covid-19 vaccinations should be a requirement for purchasing alcohol, warning that it is not a viable option for South Africa.”]


COMMUNICATIONS / BROADCASTING


Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Three months grace period to allow licensees to wind down their use of temporary radio frequency spectrum. 30 August 2021. [Extract from media statement: “The temporary radio frequency spectrum was first assigned by means of an expedited ITA during April 2020 on the initial declaration of the National State of Disaster, which in turn was occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic…. In order to allow the licensees to wind down their operations on the temporary spectrum, and to notify consumers about the impact thereof (if any) on their service offerings, the Authority has resolved to amend the COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations to provide for continued use of the temporary radio frequency spectrum licences for the period ending 30 November 2021.”]


CORRUPTION


Bhengu, Lwandile. Babita Deokaran: SIU says measures are in place to protect witnesses and whistleblowers. - 2021 Aug 28 News24


Heywood, Mark. The great Covid-19 swindle (Part One): Business as usual at the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development. -